A lot of you have asked about nice holiday places to go to. I hardly travel outside asia and the only times i traveled to ang moh countries were because of super value AirAsia fares. T___T. Would really love to explore more outside Asia but i guess right now, there are enough nice places nearby and accessible that i’d love to go back to.
(not in chronological order)
As much as i love Tokyo, i feel a deeper connection towards Osaka, maybe because i have been trained to speak Kansai slang for the longest time (once you master Kansai ben, you can never speak standard Hyojungo ever again. It feels disgusting lol). It is sort of like Cantonese versus Mandarin. Kansai ben is rougher, ruder, and funnier in so many ways. And the people there are more relaxed and have good sense of humor. Why do you think all the famous game shows hosts in Japan all speak Kansai ben!
Also, Osaka is said to be “the foreign country in Japan” because all the weirdest things happen in Osaka. Well, there was my notorious tragic experience in a porn theater. As much as it creeps the hell out of me, i still adore Osaka in a special way that i don’t to other cities in Japan.
I have not seen any other snowy place quite like it. Maybe because that’s the only snowy place i have seen in my life. But i just cannot forget about the soft velvety feel of the snowflakes, something about the name of the city itself is already romantic enough. Not to mention Shiroi Koibito, and giant snow crabs, and giant live scallop, and snow wolves (Koyuki eeek!), and ice cream in winter…
I was there for only 1 day, and it totally blew my mind away. It’s the most Japanese place in the entire Japan. You see geishas walking around in their expensive tasteful kimono, and you see the most famous temples while drinking the most traditional green tea etc etc etc. I would love love love to go back there in Autumn just to see the maples.
So, so far i have only been talking about Japan, and this is supposed to be my fav destinations around the world wtf.
May as well lo.
Well. What else, 109 and Harajuku. Enough said.
This year was the 3rd time i went to Bali. Every year the ticket price gets lower and lower. The first time i bought it for RM900. The second year RM400. This year RM123. Serious. I dunno how AirAsia does it. But it brings me back to Bali again and again and again. So since we saved heaps on air fare, we increase our budget a little every year so we could stay in better hotels. So far all our hotels/villas have been nothing short of breath-taking. So next year we are aiming for fanfuckingtasticorgasmicallyawesome hotel/villas.
Anything in China is possible. And i like it.
Surprisingly, it is actually one of the cities i don’t mind staying in. It has everything you ever need, and it is impossibly cheap. It is so easy to live a good life in Shanghai.
Of course, one of the most beautiful places i have been. Everything is like Harry Potter wtf. Just a train or a cheap flight from London (bought it for RM1700+ during AirAsia’s London promo, and flew EasyJet to Edinburgh for about 40 pounds), and it’s completely different from the polluted English city. Very goth, very fresh, and erm, a lot of sheep -_-.
To be honest after my 4th visit, i kind of got bored of it. But since i have extra space i will slot it in. I like Taipei because it’s like a cheaper version of Tokyo. Girls are pretty, fashion is hip, food is great, people are friendly. I would go back there to shop if (touch wood) one day i can’t afford Japan anymore. During AirAsia’s promo, the fare is as low as RM200+. I couldn’t believe my eyes.
OMG black horse! Who would have thought! After my recent visit, i have decided that it was one of the best trips ever. I’m sure you read about it all in my previous entries and i’m sure you are convinced too. So need not elaborate more. It’s such a nice change from the main cities everybody else is visiting. You can fly AirAsia to Melbourne and Tasmania is just another 1 hour flight away.
Another surprise! As boring as people think it is, i really enjoyed my stay there. I was there for the Virgin festival and flew XL seat back via AirAsia. One of the best flight ever. Perth was my first destination in Australia and it really gave me a very good impression. I see good fashion on the street, i had superb food, scenery is amazing, and the weather was nice and breezy too (in April). Not to mention that i actually bump into people who actually know me. In err… Perth. And all my friends there are eager to bring me to all the nice places they want to bring me to lol. So yea that was a great plus too :P.
So! 10 is up! So Japan won 1st and Australia second in terms of volume. These are the two countries i’d love to go back and explore. I haven’t been to Kyushu and Okinawa and Hiroshima so that’s on the list. As for Australia, i’d really really love to do other parts of Western Australia!
Remember the Extraordinary Taxi Ride competition i wrote about? Well guess what? A friend of mine, Grace, was shortlisted as one of the top 10 finalists and she actually nominated me as her travel partner!!!! We went for the audition but we didn’t win it T______T. Someone called Ling Shih Gang and his brother won it, went for the adventure and back. T_________T. I want. T_____T (You can read about their journey here).
I know i said this before but i want to say it again (maybe if i repeat it enough Tourism WA will send me there T_____T)
I’d really want to to go Ningaloo Reef!
I have never a whale or a shark (in the sea) in my life. But in this largest coral reef in the world, i can see Whale Shark lol.
Then i want to go to Monkey Mia to see err… dolphins (not monkeys).
And the South West region of Western Australia which has been named one of the world’s Top 10 Regions in Lonely Planet’s BEST IN TRAVEL 2010 wtf. I am totally convinced to go lo, because Tasmania alone has blown me away already. And this seems to be even better!!! It is famous for its internationally renowned forests (more mushroom hunt!!!), beaches and wineries.
All the above top 10 Holiyear™ destinations (except Japan) are accessible via AirAsia and maybe just another short domestic flight or train away. With its super value air fare, now you know how possible it is to afford a Holiyear™. 🙂
Wow, I’m so jealous!!! Just my own suggestion, next time u come to Taiwan, don’t just visit Taipei, u can visit Penghu Island(yeah, beautiful island), or Hualian(amazing kampung life,breath taking view with orang asli), or Kenting (Pub and Music Festival)
Looking Forward for your next article!
Is it Peng hu wan, peng hu wan, wai po de peng hu wan??????????
lol, yeah 😳
my 21yr old sis always tell me she wants to visit Penghu,
she stated her reason in email
– Peng hu wan, peng hu wan, wai po de peng hu wan-
and she keeps singing this song whenever we talk abt Penghu
bloody hell. i can’t believe i fall into the generation who knows that song. FML.
It’s more about culture not generation, don’t believe? ask Mahathir or Abdulah i bet they know this song LOL…
but they are both old too so it doesnt make me any happier 🙁
nvm i’m 17 n i noe that song!!! does it make u happier??
me love perth! you are one of the fewest blogger who said perth was interesting, because it was hard to use word to describe how beautiful perth is. You should come back again, it’s developing with more shopping malls now !!
I WANT CHILI MUSSLES! NAO!!!!!!!!!!!
whale sharks!!! i wanna see whale sharks, in the wild!
me too but i cant swim, fml.
Ya, I’m planning a trip to Perth too!
Mushroom hunting eh? 😉
no shroom one.
nice place, a great trip…never been there…. 😈
never been to any of those?
yeah yeah 1st 4 locations are Japan!! (though not in any particular order)
your next destination – tokyo perhaps?
Let’s go taipei!!! 👿
i share a love-hate r/s with perth because i used to study there. but now i miss it so much. i’ve been to monkey mia and its gorgeous and awesome. you HAVE to go! i just went back for a short holiday with my gf and i didnt want to come back 🙁
awww im sure! i want to go toooooo
So jealous! you have a fun job that allows you to travel many many countries.
It’s my dream to travel the world too…maybe i should become a flight attendant.
haha good ma can pan leng leng everyday 😛
waaaaaaaaaaaaa! so jealous leh me! too bad that i’m still a student D:
can’t go any further, just visiting Malaysia/Singapore.
But Malaysia not bad also la 😀
is brunei fun!
i live in perthh!! :*)
small but lovely city <3
Come celebrate holy year! Eh, wish I have the favour lah.
I wanna go Scotland and wear skirt.
omg you have been to Edinburgh in Scotland that is where I am from!
Exciting to know such a cool person has been in my city aha 😀
I just recently went to Japan and I have to say.. i like Osaka and Kyoto a lot more than Tokyo. it’s a lot more beautiful! I wish I knew more Japanese ^_^ nice pix too!
i’m so envy you….u went a lot of nice places!! 😉
I live in Perth but my dream holiday is Japan!!
You’re so lucky to have travelled so much! 😉
Check out Waterfall beach in Albany , Australia . Hope u like it =D
Cheesie where did you learn Japanese? How long did i take you to get this good at it??
i want holiyear oso but too bad plan always fails because of my work. =___=;; anyways, i would love love love to go to kyoto, hokkaido, nara and osaka!!! i dun think i will liek Tokyo coz i’m no city girl hahah. but if got chance i will go every where in japan!!!! i think japan is my only dream vacation. hahah!
hey Cheesie,try Spain..
I went on 2005 and wish there’s chance to go back there again..
I love all the Japanese cities you mentioned but I really love Kyushuu as well. 😈 Fukuoka has a big city/small town feel that I find really enjoyable. Osaka is my favorite city though for fun. I have a lot of good friends there. 🙂 Hopefully you can make it to the USA some time. I would love to show you around. 😉
wow cant believe you like perth! haha you make WA sound so interesting..ive been here 14 years and travelled up and down WA but i don’t think its that fun but i still love it here its comfortable its my home but omg i LOVE TOKYO! too bad every time i go i end up coming back with a huge credit card debt that takes me few months to pay off -.-;; (still worth it tho lol!)
im going to korea and hong kong next week!! any suggestions on shopping and food? =)
and i go to msia all the time cos my bf family is from penang! Next time you come to perth should find me =) Meib we can travel japan together! ^^
You didn’t choose Germany as a target? =’O
Wah, so jealous…. 😛 I wish I could travel to all those places that you mentioned above. My favourite destination would definately be Bali – affordable. ^^ Thanks for sharing, Ringo. 😈
I am soo jealous! :'(
even though I would love to be in Australia now, I’m in Malaysia. -__-
Love Kyoto too but its very commercialised! The geisha you see on the streets aren’t even real boo just dressed up for the day hey. But occasionally you do get to see the real ones, just gotta know how to spot them!
Wow! 😯 I can’t believe you’ve been to that many places it’s amazing! Heck yeah i really wanna visit all the places you mentioned (except maybe the porno theatre! 😛 )
Wow..sure a lot of nice places to go! Shopping is fun. hehehe
The Scotland picture is exact spot where I took mine.
I Love Edinburgh! And I can only dream of going to the rest of your destinations. I want to see a whale shark before I die.
Love the bag you were carrying in the Shanghai pic!
You look freaking cute with ponytails!
*pinch and run* XD
With all the travelling, needs at least RM100k least for holiyear travel?
Wow~~ so good! You could always enjoy your trip and travel anywhere.
Once again, I’m super jealous! You get to travel to a lot of places (:
And they’re all so beautiful!
*super envious* right now.
Mostly I love the Japan parts, but the rest is awesome as well.
SHIBUYA 109 rocks! I went there and my eyes were sticking on e.v.e.r.y. item!!! bling bling ones~~~ LURRRRRRRRRVE it. <33